- Premium reviews
- Express reviews
- Reviews rated
- Ratings received
Having always had a good impression of La Tasca, I was very disappointed by the service I received on Hallowe'en for my birthday. Initially we were not asked at any point (booking or when there) whether it was a special occasion - and as it was MY birthday I did not want to seem too pushy... !
After being seated we were told we were only allowed the Set menus. I was not warned about this and as the restaurant was half empty (if not more) I was very disapointed they could not accomadate us. We chose the "middle" menu at £15.95. The meal was extremely disappointing - none of the "good stuff" (seafood, nice meats etc) and although there was enough it was because my group of nine filled up on the braed and potatos. Had we been a smaller group ordering individual dishes there is no way that the quality of food served would have cost us anywhere near that amount. Ironically the dishes I would have chosen may have made our bill higher than it actually was!!
At the end of the deal we were offered dessert... and then told it would be an additional £2.95 per head. We declined...
I am so disappointed that a restaurant I have always enjoyed gave me and my friends and family from around the country such a poor experience on my 30th Birthday. I shall be writing to them to complain and will update if I ever get a response!
In my mind Ghana is the best, friendliest and most interesting country in West Africa and I urge you all to go!!
I lived in Ghana for 3 years as a VSO volunteer and truely had the most life fufilling experience. The country is hot, dusty and can be very sweaty but all of that is more than compensated by the fabulous people who greet you and want to help you everywhere you go! White people are still a novelty - particularly the further North you go and you will quickly learn the local word for "white" - by the end of my trip I was more used to being called "Nasala" (Daagare) then my name!!
The country can be difficult to navigate - particularly if you are in a rush so I highly recommend you change your body clock to "Ghana Time". Buses that are due to leave at 6am often keep loading til 10am... then take 4 extra hours to arrive... but that is part of the charm! Take time to talk to people (you often won't be able to prevent people thrusting their 3rd child onto your knee anyway) so you might as well enjoy it!
The other major issue is always bargaining - try to keep an open mind and only really bargain if you are genuinely interested. Although no one likes to feel "ripped off" try to see the biger picture too... things are worth what you are prepared to pay and if you pay it that's your choice. Most Ghanaians (apart from possibly the tourist traps) aren't out to fleece you - they are just looking for the best price they can get to improve their own situation. And although I would never advocate Westerners randomly flinging cash at children - perhaps paying a few too many cedi's to a market stall holder won't kill you!!!
All in all I would strongly recomend opening your travel adgenda and taking a trip to Ghana. And when it all gets a bit much book in a few days at Big Millies Backyard, Kokrobite to really chill and enjoy the fabulous hospitality!!!!